SPRINGFIELD — At the same time Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, some of those same guns will be for sale this weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Advertisements for an event Saturday and Sunday at the state-owned facility indicate that Centralia-based Egyptian Collectors Association Inc. will feature some of the brands that could be affected by a state or federal ban.
The gun show comes to the capital city as officials who favor stricter gun control laws in other states are beginning to debate whether to ban gun shows from public property.
In Tucson, Ariz., which was the site of a January 2011 shooting that killed six people and left then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 other people injured, a city councilman has proposed banning gun shows from the city-owned convention center.
The recent killing of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school in has spurred similar discussions in Texas and California.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Thursday the issue is on the governor’s radar screen.
The governor has been pushing for a ban since he took office in 2009. Last year, the Chicago Democrat rewrote legislation with an amendatory veto to ban military-style semiautomatic weapons, but lawmakers rejected his changes.
Since then, new legislation has been introduced that would make it illegal to sell or purchase a semiautomatic assault weapon or a .50-caliber rifle. For people who already own one of the affected weapons, they would have to register the gun with the Illinois State Police.
Along with knives, military collectibles and firearms accessories, the gun show at the fairgrounds is expected to feature weapons made by Ruger, Glock, Beretta and several other brands that could be affected by a state or federal ban.
The show was scheduled long before the mass killing at Newtown again thrust the issue of gun violence into the national spotlight.
Officials at Egyptian Collectors did not immediately return telephone messages Thursday.
According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which oversees the fairgrounds, this weekend’s show was booked in February 2012.
It is not the company’s first time at the fairgrounds. The company has rented space for shows at the fairgrounds since 2008.
A fairgrounds event schedule shows Egyptian Collectors also has reserved space at the fairgrounds for a show in October.